Politics of Art Museums in a Changing World

with Professor Vishakha N. Desai

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 • 6-7PM

Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall, Room 411

Open only to undergraduates

The Talks with Professors series allows undergraduate students to engage in casual and meaningful conversations with distinguished scholars in a laid-back, informal setting. Students joined Vishakha N. Desai, Vice Chair of the Committee on Global Thought; Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President; and Senior Research Scholar, School of International and Public Affairs, for a conversation on “Politics of Arts Museums in a Changing World.”

Talk Description

Developed in response to the increasing political pressures placed on artists and arts institutions by activists and special interest groups, on the one hand, and politically conservative governments on the other, the CGT Signature Research Project “Politics of Visual Arts” focuses on new political trends that are affecting the creation, presentation, reception, and preservation of works of art in diverse cultural contexts. Project leader Vishakha N. Desai discussed the role of art institutions (such as museums) in this new landscape, specifically with regards to questions of art ownership and repatriation.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is Senior Advisor for Global Affairs to the President of Columbia University and a Senior Research Scholar for the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She also serves as Senior Advisor for Global Programs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. From 2004 through 2012, Dr. Desai served as President and CEO of the Asia Society, a global organization dedicated to strengthening partnerships between Asia and the U.S. Under her leadership the society expanded the scope and scale of its activities with the opening of new offices in India and Korea, a new center of U.S.-China Relations, internationally recognized education programs, and inauguration of two new architecturally distinguished facilities in Hong Kong and Houston.

About the UCGT

The Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) connects undergraduate students to the rich resources on global issues available at Columbia University. Students from Columbia College, the School of General Studies, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Barnard College join the interdisciplinary work of the CGT, becoming involved in events and initiatives of particular significance to the undergraduate community.

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